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Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution on a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Curt TruTrack weight distribution system with complete sway control. Part number is C17500. The Curt TruTrack weight distribution system is going to use spring bars to brackets here to help distribute that weight that we're getting on this rear up through all the axles, the axles on our trailer, and the two axles on our truck. What makes this kind of unique is we've eliminated the chains, so we're not going to get that unwanted movement that we sometimes get out of our spring bars when they're connected with the chains, to where they'll kind of move side to side. That's going to help us with tracking, but also with the bracket system it holds this rigid back here, so that that movement's gone. It's eliminating some of that sway. Also here in the front, we've got the small ball detent. This is designed to sit into a pocket right here.

Once you make a turn, or let's say we've got some sway happening, that's going to fight back. That's going to try to return back to its original location no matter which way it goes, so not only is the TruTrack a great weight distribution set-up, that we can really spread our weight out, but it's also taking care of that sway control. What that means is we don't have to have the ball hanging off the side of the hitch, back to another ball that's welded onto the trailer. We don't have to worry about the friction devices and things like that. Now the spring bars, as well as the head and our brackets all have a nice black powder coat finish to them. That's going to make sure it stands up and looks good for a long time.

Really easy maintenance with the system as well. On the back of each of our pivot points, here, we're going to have grease zerks so we can easily service those, make sure they stay lubricated, and really it's a quiet system. We've got pre-drilled holes and spacer blocks that give us 5 different options for the amount of weight distribution that we need to be sent from our spring bars here, back up to our truck. We've got it on position 4 now, so it's got an angle kind of where you see it there. The spring bars are loaded. The lower our position settings, we go to position 1, our bars are going to be up higher.

Position 2 lowers them, 3, 4, and so on. The more drop we have in those bars, the more transfer we have of energy back up to the truck. Now to help out in positioning them, we've got the tool that's provided. Simply place your spring bar in the side, the end in the bracket, and lever it into position. To begin our installation, we need to get a couple of measurements here to determine exactly how our set-up needs to be. The first is going to be from the ground to the top of our coupler here.

It's about 25 inches, and now we'll take this measurement with out trailer level. Now we'll pick a location here on our bumper to use. We'll measure from the ground to that point. I'm using the inside of that step there; looks like that's about 22 and 1/4 inches. We'll also do it on our front bumper here. I'm going to use the furthest out corner there, and it looks like that's about 24 and 5/8ths. Now we can slide the shank into our hitch here. Just want to secure it with the provided pin and clip. Now we're going to take the shorter of our two bolts. That's going to go through the bottom hole in our head assembly here, and we need to line this up so that the ball is 1/8th of an inch higher than our coupler for every hundred pounds of tongue weight that we've got. We've got about 800 pounds of tongue weight on this trailer, so I'm going to set the ball about an inch higher than our coupler height. That should be good. That should have us at about 26 inches. Now I'm going to slide in my other bolt. The other bolt on both sides is going to have one of our spacers. This sets the pitch of our head, and we're going to set that, the two tabs that stick out of the back. The top one's going to go in the front hole. The bottom one's going to go in the middle hole. You'll see in the instructions, that's just our initial set-up phase there. We've got a lot of different positions there we can choose from to really maximize the potential of the system. Now we're going to take the nylon lock bolts and run those down on. We want to get these just snug enough to where they'll hold our spacers into position for us. Now we can take our spring bars. We're going to slide those into the head. Secure them with the provided clips. Now we'll go ahead and hook up our coupler to the ball. We're going to lower this down just far enough to make our coupler's connection. Get that down into place there, and once that's locked in, we're going to raise the vehicle up about 3 inches in the rear. From the end of our spring bar, we're going to measure forward about 4 inches, and mark that center point. That's going to mark the center line of our spring bar support brackets. We're going to have 3 pieces to our bracket assembly here that are actually going to go around the trailer, and then we'll have one that's going to slide up inside. What we're going to do is take one of the narrower ones, have the channel facing us. We're going to take the larger one, and with the single holes both at the top we're going to place those right over each other, just like that. Place that carriage bolt through. Bring it over to the other side of the A-frame. I'm going to place that carriage bolt back in, or replace the nut back on the carriage bolt rather. Now I'm going to take quite a bit of the slack out of this bolt, just so we don't have to do it when it's in closer to our tanks here. We're going to bring that forward, and we'll center it right over our mark, which you can see right through the middle of that hole. We want to slide our bracket in here and get it matched as closely as we can to the bottom of our bar. What we'll be using is, looks like our bottom hole there is going to be the closest match, so let's go ahead and just pull the spring bar out of our way, slide this up inside, slide another carriage bolt through, place our nut on the back, and we're going to just tighten that down a little bit, just like the other one. Then we can go ahead, snug them up, and then torque them down to the specifications that we're going to find in the instructions. We just want to ensure as we do that that center line mark stays in the middle of that bracket. All right, now with this side properly installed, we'll head over and do the same thing on the passenger side. Now we're going to pull out on our spring bar slightly, hook in the helper arm, and then just kind of work that up into position, just like that. Put one of the retainers down in, then we'll secure it at the bottom with our clip, just like that. Now we'll head over, do the same thing for our passenger side. Now that we've got everything hooked up, we're going to take the weight off of our jack. Go ahead and lower this back down. This is going to transfer this weight over our system. Once we've got the weight off of there, check those measurements and see how we've done. We'll measure in here to the top of our coupler. It looks like we're going to go ahead and raise this back up. We're going to adjust our head down to a lower setting to give us more of a weight distribution effect, because we still need to come up here a little bit at the rear of the vehicle. I'm just going to back out the top bolt on our set-up here, really just far enough so we can pull out those space blocks. The we can kind of lower this down a little bit, take some of that slack off, and allow us to reach those other settings. I'm going to take it to position 5, just to see if that's not going to be exactly what we want, or maybe too much. That's going to be with the bottom of our spacer in the middle hole, and the top of our spacer should be in that forward hole. That spacer's going to pop in, get it in position on both sides, and then just like we did when it was in the initial position, we'll just get everything kind of loosely snugged back down. Then we'll raise it back up and try that again. Now that we've got it in the new position, we'll go ahead and load those spring bars back up and check our measurements there. In that position, we're a lot closer but just a little bit too high now, so we're going to go from position 5 to position 4, and that should be ideal. We're right back at 25 here at our coupler. Let's check out the front and rear bumper. Here it looks like we're right there about 22 and 1/4, where we started there. Let's check the front bumper. We might still be about an eighth of an end high, but still really, really close. Now let's get our main head bolts tightened down here. We're going to torque these to the specifications we'll find in the instructions. Now that we've seen how it works and how it installs, that's going to complete today's look at the Curt TruTrack weight distribution system with sway control, part number C17500, on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.


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